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29 Aug 2014

Ethical Trading Initiative & British Retail Consortium

ETI & British Retail Consortium letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron

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We welcome the introduction of the Modern Slavery Bill and the  UK  Government’s  commitment to eradicate the abuse and exploitation of workers, both in this country and globally...This letter represents the views of ETI and BRC member companies and organisations, amongst whose logos appear below. The following are some changes we would like to see in the Modern Slavery Bill that could help us make further progress. First, we would like to see a clause in the Bill that calls for transparency in  supply  chains...Second, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority...is an example of an effective body that UK industry helped establish to manage and mitigate risks of slavery in the food and agriculture sector. We would like to see this model extended to other high‐risk areas such as fisheries, apparel, construction, cleaning, care and hospitality...Third, alongside our own efforts to take responsibility for policies and  actions on modern slavery in our global supply chains, we would like you to assure us that there will be an independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner with appropriate power to monitor the legislation, ensure compliance  and take action where necessary.